The Vale of Glamorgan’s dramatic coastal scenery, picturesque villages and rolling green landscapes offer a delightful backdrop for experienced road cyclists.
The National Cycle Network Route 88 – a proposed coastal route – passes through the Vale. Two sections are already completed, and much loved by cyclists.
Penarth to Cardiff
It’s simple to cycle to Cardiff from Penarth. Follow a section of Route 88 across the River Ely to the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay. From there it links to the 4.5 mile, traffic-free, circular Cardiff Bay Trail.
Barry to Ewenny
Starting at Porthkerry Country Park in Barry this section of Route 88 uses quiet country lanes linking the communities of Rhoose, Llantwit Major and Wick.
For a cycling route to be enjoyed by the entire family, head for Cosmeston Lakes Country Park. The lakes are surrounded by 1.6 miles of flat gravel paths which are easy to cycle on, and there are great views of wildlife on the lakes.
Here are some other favourite routes, suggested by keen local cyclists.
Barry and Back
This 40 mile route follows the National Cycling Network Route 88, calls into Llantwit Major and Cowbridge - both perfect refreshment stops - before following country lanes back to Barry. Thanks to Gerard of BeeSpoke Cycles in Barry for this route.
Bridgend to Llantwit Major
Shared with us by Darrell Hier, this 33 mile route includes country lanes, the stunning Ogmore Beach and Llantwit Major – a great place for a coffee stop. There’s also a possible detour to the Nash lighthouse for spectacular views of the Bristol Channel.
Cardiff and Back
A super 59 mile route which crosses the Cardiff Bay Barrage, passes through Penarth and Barry, and onto rural country lanes – covering almost all of the National Cycle Network Route 88. Thanks to Richard Shep for this route.
Follow this 6.5 mile route to see some of the stunning highlights of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, including Ogmore Castle, Ogmore Beach and Dunraven Bay.
Thanks to Dave of Café Velo in Llantwit Major for this 24 mile route. It takes in some gorgeous rural scenery, and starts and ends in Llantwit Major where there are plenty of places for a great cup of coffee.
As well as cycling, there are plenty of other activities available in the Vale. Take a look.